Archives for July 23, 2020

Have anxiety? This book may be helpful!

Do you suffer from anxiety? Mindfulness really does seem to be helpful and I really enjoyed reading this book. In Clinical Psychologist Dr. Scott Symington’s go-to guide, Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings: A Two-Step Mindfulness Approach for Moving Beyond Fear and Worry [New Harbinger], he presents an intuitive and accessible approach called the Two-Screen Method® (TSM) to help when you feel overwhelmed and overcome with worrisome thoughts. Using this simplified mindfulness approach, you learn to make space for the challenging thoughts and feelings, while redirecting your attention and life energy to your values. By using the two-screen method, along with its three anchors— mindfulness skills, healthy distractions, and loving action— you learn to relate to your thoughts and feelings in a whole new way. When the internal challenges show up—worries, fears, dark moods, etc.— you’re equipped with an easy-to-follow game plan, so you can experience relief and get back to living your life.

I like that it is easy to follow and is practical. I highly recommend this self-help book. You can find it on

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample of the book to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

Virtual Summer Camp Designed By Parents, For Parents

  • WHEN: Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
  • HOW TO ACCESS: Arm & Hammer’s YouTube channel
  • REGISTER TODAY: Parents can register for FREE by visiting FACT: In less than 72 hours, camp has already received over 4K signups!
    • 15 Dynamic Videos: Each day, Arm & Hammer will share a YouTube playlist of three videos that guide kids through a recipe, experiment, or craft. 
    • Downloadable Instructions: Each video is accompanied by downloadable PDFs with full instructions so kids can spend less time in front of a screen, and more time creating! 
    • Flexibility for Parents: Parents have the flexibility to choose if they want to participate in the fun or opt to watch from afar as their kids take the lead.
  • ABOUT COUNSELORS: Arm & Hammer’s team of savvy parent influencers teamed up to create kid’s activities with parents in mind! 
    • Amber Kemp-Gertsel, DIY “Craftavist”: A finalist on NBC’s Making It and a self-proclaimed PhDIY, Amber is an expert on all things cute, creative, and crafty. 
    • Ana Dziengel, STEAM Camp Organizer: Ana is passionate about STEAM education and helping the next generation grow and develop through creative endeavors. 
    • Beau Coffron, AKA LunchBox Dad: A devoted foodie, Beau shares his (almost) too-cute-to-eat food creations on his viral Instagram. 

Credit:  Arm & Hammer Summer Camp.

Donatello, July 23rd Pet of the Week!

If you were a kid near the turn of the last century, you’d surely think of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when you heard “Donatello.” But the original Donatello, as many of you likely know, was a Renaissance Italian sculptor of immense talent, and this Donatello reminds shelter staff of the master’s beautiful creations. Donatello’s a 5-month-old black-and-white tuxie, as pretty and perfect as any of his namesake’s creations. He’s all attitude in the best way possible—he loves company, hanging on your shoulder, and expressing himself vocally. Come get this original! Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through email, so contact to meet them. Please—they so need a forever home together. Ask for ID#A645824.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)